When is the last time you walked around barefoot? I don’t mean in your house, but outside in nature. With your feet connecting to the earth and feeling it recharge you?
Confession. I have never really loved shoes. It’s kind of funny because I worked in a shoe store during college, but it’s true. I’ve always hated winter and having my feet confined in socks and boots.
Have you heard of Earthing? To quote www.earthingcanada.ca, “Earthing, also known as grounding, is based on research that demonstrate that connecting to Earth’s electrical energy promotes physical wellbeing. The act of Earthing refers to a physical connection between the electrical frequencies of the human body with that of Earth’s (think barefoot in the grass, or at the beach).” Honestly, for a long time I never really thought about the science of it. As a child, I often went without shoes. I think as children we just instinctively knew that we are better off barefoot, running through grass, like somewhere deep down inside we just knew we were being charged by the earth’s energy.
When I moved from Canada to the Caribbean at age 24, both my soul and my feet were freed. I spent the majority of five years barefoot. Yes, there was definitely some flip flop wearing that went on, but there was also a lot of walking down the street or beach in bare feet. The biggest hurdle was a couple of “you can’t come into this restaurant without shoes” situations, which usually led to stealing (ok, borrowing) shoes from someone else because I literally didn’t have any with me. On the flip side, I did also give up shoes to friends who needed them for the same reason.
Essentially, I was happiest with my toes in the sand.
When I came back to the land of “proper”, I still wandered around barefoot and oh boy, the looks I got… you would have thought I was a crazy person walking around pantsless, not shoeless! I also got a lot of people offering advice like, “put some shoes on, you’re going to catch something”. Lol.
I still hate winter and not being able to connect to the earth. I do understand that at minus 30 degrees, boots are necessary. They say that the best alternative to your bare feet touching the ground is to hug a tree. So if you see a crazy girl with her arms wrapped around a tree, feel free to come join in.
The next time you’re outside, take your shoes off. Stand on the grass or the dirt or the sand, and connect with the earth. Breathe in and out, and feel your energy recharging. Remember the beauty in the earth, and the beauty in yourself. Take a moment, and just be.